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Walkable Urbanism
Postmarks  June 15, 2009
"...Dear Editor, Re: “A New Transportation Funding Strategy: CNU” [Newsdesk blog, June 13]: Yes, myself and the Gateway Planning team, including PlaceMakers, were involved on the "Red Line." Working for a public-private partnership of the city, major landowners, and Cap Metro, our Gateway Planning team planned and rezoned (through a form-based code) a 2,000-acre, transit-oriented, development- and traditional-neighbor development for Leander, creating a cosmopolitan village environment to harness the promise of commuter rail connecting to Downtown Austin. Leander's future is now walkable urbanism...."

Experience and Identity
Place 1 opponents offer different bios, styles, priorities
News Story  May 1, 2009, by Michael King
"...Transportation: As a carless bike rider and a founder of Austin CarShare, Riley virtually owns the transportation issue and for years has been promoting mass transit, rail transit, and related ways of discouraging automobile dependency, as projects both for increasing mobility and protecting the environment. On the other hand, from personal experience, Cavazos has pointed out that even the traditional mainstay, Cap Metro's bus system, is inadequate for many working-class residents who most heavily rely on it, and she argues that the city should focus on efficiency and affordability before it underwrites cost-intensive solutions...."

Rude Mechs
Grrl Action is getting its very own space next to the Off Center: The Off Shoot
Arts Story  February 13, 2009, by Robert Faires
"...Cap Metro, which you may not know is the landlord for the Rudes, expanded their lease to include the new property. Metal sign shop Hinge Design is creating a new sliding door with a Grrl Action logo all made of corrugated metal repurposed from the warehouse roof..."

Music Review  February 13, 2009, by Thomas Fawcett
"...Half of Water to Wine is written by Michael Fracasso, who also adds backup vocals, keyboards, and acoustic guitar; the poignant anti-prejudice anthem "There Goes the Neighborhood" hits all the right notes, "Elizabeth Lee" adds a dose of dirty Delta blues, and "Choose Your Poison" spikes a dash of New Orleans piano boogie. Nakia's own writing whistles "On the Bus," which rings true to anyone who hops on the Cap Metro every morning...."

MetroRail Open Houses Coming Up
Views of the train and how it works coming to five of the stations
DAILY News  January 30, 2009, by Lee Nichols
"...Cap Metro wants you to see the train you paid for, so they'll be showing it off next month at five of the stations. Actual service is scheduled to begin in March..."

Wish List
Here's your chance to give back to the areas of our community that need it the most
News Story  December 12, 2008, by Kate X Messer and Meghan Ruth Speakerman
"...Cap Metro bus passes ($18)..."

News Story  November 28, 2008
"...• The new Downtown Cap Metro station, near the Convention Center, was completed this week; it'll be one of nine stations on the MetroRail Red Line to begin commuter rail service in March 2009...."

Union Thanks King for the Support
Postmarks  November 17, 2008
"...Dear Editor, As a member of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1091, I wanted to thank Michael King for his honest reporting [“Point Austin,” News, Nov. 14] on the labor dispute between our labor union and Cap Metro CEO Fred Gilliam..."

City Hall Hustle: Halloween Spelman
Former council member 'informally' declares for Place 5
News Column  October 31, 2008, by Wells Dunbar
"...That's not to mean there won't be one. While chatter about council campaigns has so far focused more on who's not running (so far, spring also-rans Robin Cravey and Cid Galindo, plus former mayoral aide, Cap Metro employee, and karaoke champ Matt Curtis) than who is..."

The New M.O. at City Hall
City Manager Marc Ott opens up on his new job, his new city, and his philosophy of governance
News Story  August 15, 2008, by Katherine Gregor
"...That's just an example of an opportunity for us to work together. Cap Metro is another area where I'm establishing a relationship..."

Res Publica
Go, go, good citizen, go! Your civic agenda: Aug. 14-21.
News Story  August 15, 2008
"...CAP METRO LUNCHEON: METRORAIL The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce presents a discussion on the future MetroRail. 11:30am..."

Shared Lanes vs. Reserved Lanes
Postmarks  July 24, 2008
"...reserved lane). For instance, a streetcar on Speedway sounds a lot better to me, too, and Guadalupe sounds better still, since Guadalupe is where all the current and most of the future residential density and other activity is. But are Sinclair Black and Glenn Gadbois and whomever else suggesting reserved lanes on their routes (as in 2000's light rail plan on Guadalupe), or that it would be sharing a lane with buses/cars (as in Cap Metro's original, execrable, Future Connections proposal on San Jacinto)? This makes a huge difference – a streetcar without its own lane is actually even worse than a bus in speed and reliability – and is thus a complete waste of time and money. While we probably can't now justify taking a lane on Guadalupe without the suburban ridership the 2000 route would have brought in, at least the Brewster McCracken/Will Wynn Transit Working Group proposal (streetcar running in dedicated lanes, albeit on San Jacinto) is capable of being expanded that direction later on, while commuter rail is a complete dead end...."

News Story  June 13, 2008
"...CAP METRO BUS DETOURS Visit to see how this weekend's ROT Rally and Gay Pride events will affect your travel this weekend...."

Developing Stories: Million-Dollar Vision
Will council fund a fresh comprehensive planning process?
News Column  May 23, 2008, by Katherine Gregor
"...The peer city plans studied include the Fort Worth Com­pre­hensive Plan (2007), Forward Dallas (2006), Blueprint Denver (2000), and Focus Kansas City (1995). Stoll said the Dallas, Denver, and Kansas City plans were led by Calthorpe Associates; in Austin, that firm led the Envision Central Texas process, the Cap Metro All Systems Go! comprehensive transit plan, the Triangle development, and other projects..."

Housing in East Austin: Land Availability and Transportation
Postmarks  May 4, 2008
"...The first is (obviously) the availability of affordable land, and the second is transportation. Bus riders complain enough about the range and frequency of buses, but the fact is that the bus "system" is a lot worse in West Austin than in East Austin. We could perhaps double the Cap Metro sales tax and improve the buses in West Austin to East Austin service levels, but it would be much better for bus riders to just double the service levels in East Austin (and North and South Austin, too). We could also double the road budget, widen Manor Road, and upzone the properties alongside for condos and McMansions, which would presumably raise surrounding property values enough to pay for the increase in the road budget..."

Innovative Transportation Ideas Should Be Tried
Postmarks  April 22, 2008
"...If large numbers of people are moving along one route, as from North and South Austin to Downtown, the Capitol, and the University of Texas, a single bus line with dedicated bus-only lanes can enormously relieve congestion and cut travel time. In Mexico City, the single line was so successful that cross routes are now being installed, fleshing out the system, as was done in Curitiba and in Richard Schultz's model. Before spending millions of dollars on sleek buses on Lamar, which will be little used because they will be stuck in traffic, I would like to extend an invitation to the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization and Cap Metro members and their staffs – I will accompany you to Mexico City and set up an interview with their transit authority so you can witness a proven, cost-effective method for urban transport..."

Article on CAMPO Did a Disservice to Citizens
Postmarks  April 14, 2008
"...Dear Editor, Re: Katherine Gregor's April 11 "Where's the Streetcar?" [News]: She did a terrible disservice to those who spoke at the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization Transit Working Group on April 7 by saying "a sizable audience endured overlong citizen presentations unconnected to the critical-path work at hand.” When the CAMPO and city leaders want to follow Cap Metro and Chairman Lee Walker's race to insolvency, citizens deserve to be heard. What I heard was an innovative, homegrown idea on how to use our existing bus system to improve service, cover the entire community, cost less per rider, and pollute less within the existing revenue stream..."

TV Eye
TV Eye unpacks SXSW 08 and christens TV on the Internet
Screens Column  March 21, 2008, by Belinda Acosta
"...The late-night Cap Metro shuttle is the best deal in town. Where else can you get home at 3am on 50 cents? It's also the best place to meet international SXSW-goers...."

Naked City
News Story  March 21, 2008
"...The third SAP, for the Lamar/Justin Lane TOD, will be ready early next week. The plans address redevelopment of areas surrounding three future Eastside stops on Cap Metro's commuter rail Red Line and promote development bonuses to achieve 10% of the city's TOD goal of 25% affordable housing in the station areas; achieving the remaining 15% will require subsidies and other strategies..."

Point Austin: The Convert
Mike Krusee on New Urbanism, Smart Growth, toll roads, and the importance of regional planning
News Column  December 7, 2007, by Michael King
"...Krusee now believes that he can have a greater impact on transportation and land-use issues elsewhere than elected office. He's serving on the National Surface Transportation Infrastructure Financing Commission – that basically means, he says, "we're trying to figure out how we're going to finance surface transportation across the United States for the next 50 years." And he's on the board of the Congress for the New Urbanism, a nationwide organization actively promoting the planning of "walkable" urban neighborhoods as the antidote to decades of metropolitan sprawl..."

What I Want to do With My Life
Mike Krusee on New Urbanism, Smart Growth, toll roads, and why Bobby Kennedy is his hero
News Column  December 7, 2007, by Michael King
"...That's another one of my big changes I went through, probably beginning around 2001, when Lee Walker and I started talking. I've actually been pushing Lee and Cap Metro to be much more ambitious..."

Oct. 5–11
News Story  October 5, 2007
"...BUS RIDERS UNION-ATX Join fellow bus riders to discuss keeping Cap Metro fares affordable. 7pm..."

No rest from the fests; plus, Paul Petersen in the pages of Esquire
Food Column  September 28, 2007, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Tickets to the Big State Festival are also available online... Manor Road was festooned with orange balloons one day last week to announce a new Cap Metro route to the area..."

Streetcars: Fast facts
News Story  July 20, 2007
"...• Fares charged nationally range from a free ride to one-way fares in the $1 to $1.50 range. (Cap Metro's model is a free streetcar, to promote ridership.) Fares cover at most 25% to 30% of operating costs...."

Seen and heard #2
DAILY SXSW  March 14, 2007, by Belinda Acosta
"...Now that is scary! So, I have to wonder, if support staff who work with the public don’t have this kind of knowledge, how does Austin look to tourists? I’ve been on buses where the bus driver, when asked where a street was, didn’t realize he was driving on it. Not to diss Cap Metro drivers, because I KNOW they put up with a lot, but please..."

Seen and heard #1
We are the world on the Cap Metro.
DAILY SXSW  March 14, 2007, by Belinda Acosta
"...If you want to get the flavor of SXSW music, take the Cap Metro, especially the #1. On my ride downtown, there were South-byers from Germany, England, and Australia..."

Saving the planet when you don't even own your own (low-flow) pot to piss in
News Story  March 9, 2007, by Nora Ankrum
"...Live close to where you work, if you can. Carpool, bike, bus, or walk when possible, and don't forget to take advantage of the Cap Metro bike racks..."

Austin All Iced out... Again
Round up of local closures, bling
DAILY News  January 16, 2007, by Wells Dunbar
"...16. • From midnight through 10pm, the Travis County Sheriff’s Office received 73 collision reports. • From midnight through 7pm, Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services responded to 318 incidents, including 41 collisions requiring EMS intervention. • From midnight through 7pm, Austin-Travis County EMS has responded to 42 “slip and fall” incidents where victims have fallen on the ice. Damn! In other transportation news, as noted below, Cap Metro will offer limited bus service Wednesday..."

Our readers talk back.
Columns  January 6, 2006
"...Young described the profusion of wildflowers along the Austin and northwestern RR line in and around Austin. This is the same transit line that Cap Metro has been furiously promoting, and yes, some of that old wildflower glory is still there..."

Attention to Prairies Overdue
Postmarks  January 3, 2006
"...Young described the profusion of wildflowers along the Austin and northwestern RR line in and around Austin. This is the same transit line that Cap Metro has been furiously promoting, and yes, some of that old wildflower glory is still there..."

Smoking Ban Kicks Off as Katrina Kicks In
Cigarettes are out at Austin’s clubs, but New Orleans musicians could be in
News Story  September 9, 2005, by Daniel Mottola
"...Prior to the Threadgill's show, Brandi Clark, an event co-organizer and initiative co-founder, visited the convention center to inquire whether any of the beleaguered evacuees wanted to take in the show for free. Hamre even arranged for a Cap Metro bus to transport them..."

Our readers talk back.
Columns  August 12, 2005
"...Wells Dunbar is right to be suspicious of the suburbanite "empty buses" talking point pushed by Gerald Daugherty ["Labor Woes at Cap Metro," News, Aug. 5] and accepted without argument by our Statesman...."

Buses Aren't Empty
Postmarks  August 9, 2005
"...Dear Editor, Wells Dunbar is right to be suspicious of the suburbanite "empty buses" talking point pushed by Gerald Daugherty [“Labor Woes at Cap Metro,” News, Aug. 5] and accepted without argument by our Statesman..."

Point Austin: Beside the Point
Looking ahead to the City Council's agenda
News Column  July 8, 2005, by Michael King
"...The Duncan/Calthorpe group reportedly has a leg up because of its specific experience in code revision, but council is expected to ask for presentations from all three teams before making a selection. Once a team is selected and a contract negotiated (to be funded from Cap Metro money earmarked for planning), the rewrite process, including public hearings, advisory committees, and boards-and-commissions input, is expected to require 18 months to two years..."

My Ideal Light Rail Route Would Be ...
Postmarks  June 10, 2005
"...To the editor, If I could build a trolley line downtown, I'd run it through the lower deck of I-35. It would connect to Cap Metro's light rail line near 38th Street on the north end, and on the south at Fourth Street..."

Frugality Is Patriotic
Postmarks  August 13, 2004
"...An efficient refrigerator or a hybrid vehicle would seem more patriotic choices than a gas-guzzling Ford Destroyer. Of course, we can also improve our nation's energy security by driving less and conserving heat and electricity in our homes. I have learned to use Cap Metro buses, and the new toll roads may make people more interested in using public transportation..."

Austin @ Large: (Jennifer) Gale Force
The vote in the AISD board elections suggests too many Austinites are just not paying attention
News Column  May 28, 2004, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...I tried to do my part, writing a column earlier this year saying that the school board and ACC elections were the most important ones citizens would have to decide this year. (This assumed that the hospital district vote was a slam dunk, and was written before a November Cap Metro rail referendum became all-but-definite.) That call to arms wasn't powerful enough to get people to run and thus get other people to vote..."

TV Eye
Where does Belinda Acosta come down on the "the whitest black girl on TV"? Find out here.
Screens Column  October 10, 2003, by Belinda Acosta
"...Unlike culture vultures such as Madonna, I don't find her offensive because in the broadly drawn strokes of Whoopi, I don't know enough about her. Would I cast an arched glance at her if I saw her in public? It depends on where I saw her -- sitting in the back of a Cap Metro bus or shopping at the Arboretum? Context is everything..."

Our readers talk back.
Columns  April 4, 2003
"...I wonder if Cap Metro has considered the type of "super bus" that is now in use in Brazil. These are much cheaper to build and run than trains, yet are much more appealing to the business traveler..."

Naked City
News briefs from Austin, Central Texas, and elsewhere.
News Story  January 17, 2003, by Mike Clark-Madison

Naked City
News Story  December 13, 2002
"...The Trail of Lights Cap Metro shuttle service from Waterloo Park to Zilker Park and back again runs through Dec. 23, 6:30-9pm from Waterloo, last return from Zilker at 10:30pm..."

Austin @ Large: Austin at Large
In Central Texas, the "progressive" agenda can trump the GOP "majority."
News Column  November 8, 2002, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...Lots of progressive islands do this, but it tends to work better when your island is, say, Berkeley or Boulder, one of several players in regional destiny, not the big, wealthy, powerful city at the center. The latter scenario motivates people like Terry Keel (in redistricting) to try to take away your power, and Gerald Daugherty (in his battles against Cap Metro) to try to take away your money...."

Our readers talk back.
Columns  September 27, 2002
"...We've marked up maps and consulted independent highway engineers. We've exposed TxDOT's lack of coordination with Cap Metro regarding the railroad line..."

Our readers talk back.
Columns  May 3, 2002
"...Many conservationists are torn between support for incumbent Daryl Slusher and challenger Kirk Mitchell in the Place 1 City Council race. Daryl Slusher has a proven track record of protecting the environment in the face of the overwhelming crush of growth (which, by the way, is roughly three times the national growth rate and 50% higher than the rest of Texas) by helping get suburban counties to join in the new ozone control strategy plan, by helping campaign for light rail and by helping to run Cap Metro, by supporting Smart Growth efforts to direct growth away from sensitive areas, by supporting neighborhood plans, by supporting city budgets that include the state's best environmental program, by helping to pass bonds and then using bond sales money to buy important properties for watershed protection and new destination parks, by helping disarm anti-Austin elements in the Legislature, and by appointing pro-environmental and pro-neighborhood folks to boards and commissions..."

Naked City
Dessau Road zoning case moves forward
News Story  November 9, 2001, by Lauri Apple
"..."You cannot have productive affordable housing if you don't have the whole package. Not everybody's going to have a vehicle." A convenient bus route existed, Thomas noted, when the project was formulated, "but ridership was real low, and for Cap Metro to put the route back out there would take maybe three years, if zoning is passed."..."

Eric Mitchell Speaks!
News Story  November 2, 2001, by Michael King
"...This campaign will not accept any campaign contributions or in-kind donations. It’s not that money is not required to run a political campaign in a city that has become a large metropolitan city, it is to make a point that the current campaign ordinance has caused good candidates not to run for office..."

Tracking the Money
News Story  October 13, 2000, by Robert Bryce
"...The advantage in fundraising, combined with what supporters insist are favorable polls, bodes well for the passage of Cap Metro's light rail proposal, which is expected to cover 52 miles at a cost of $1.9 billion. David Butts, a veteran political consultant who is working for Get Austin Moving (, refused to discuss the poll numbers his group is seeing..."

Naked City
It could be that the 20 reporters who showed up at the Governor's Mansion on the Sunday before Labor Day saw the only presidential debates that will occur this year; Hyde Park Baptist Church seems intent on moving "Forward Forever"; The light-rail train ride to the polls continues to build steam.
News Story  September 8, 2000, by Louis Dubose
"...7 ballot were Mary Arnold, the godmother of Austin's environmental community; Rev. Sterling Lands of Greater Calvary Baptist Church and the Planning Commission; County Commissioner Margaret Gomez, and former council member and Cap Metro board member Johnny Treviño, and others..."

Our readers talk back.
Columns  June 16, 2000
"...Our other choice is to bet on a roads-only strategy that will destroy thousands of homes and businesses as they cement a loop around the city and plow an east-west corridor through the center. This will take decades to complete; and likely increase our taxes to pay for the 5-10 billion to finish it after they raid Cap Metro's cookie jar for the first billion..."

Naked City
RECA Recap
News Story  December 24, 1999, by Dan Oko
"...The crowd of about 150 developers, real estate agents, bankers, and others in the land business enjoyed a steak meal and the banter of KVET's Sammy Allred and Bob Cole, who appear to be making an annual gig out of RECA's holiday awards luncheon. For the second year in a row, the pair took turns poking fun at each other and some of their favorite targets, including Smart Growth, Cap Metro, light rail, and Vice President Al Gore's anti-sprawl platform...."

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